The Erazer X6813’s screen ensures you’ll get a lot of
enjoyment out of movies and games – as long as you sit at the right angle, that
is. With 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD) stuffed into its relatively small
15.6in area, everything looks incredibly sharp, and it gives you plenty of
desktop area to play around in (though you may have to zoom in more
frequently). However, unlike the same resolution crammed into a 13in display -
as is offered on the Sony VAIO Z for example – here it’s generally very usable and actually makes
Other good points include even backlighting with no
distracting bleed, and excellent black differentiation, ensuring you’ll see all
the detail in dark games and movies. We also didn’t notice any unpleasant
artefacts to ruin the party. Unfortunately, mediocre viewing angles, plus a
lack of colour vividness not ameliorated by the screen’s glossy coating, hold
it back from being an overall winner. We do hope that matt displays make their
way into more gaming machines as they currently seem to be doing in the
consumer market (like on the Samsung Series 7). Still, with price once more in mind, this Medion’s screen
falls firmly into the ‘good enough’ category.
Obviously, the graphics card is the single most important
element of any gaming machine, and especially important on a laptop – where
it’s difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade. However, let’s first check out
the supporting cast, which in the case of the Erazer X6813 MD97762 is rather
Medion’s CPU of choice is an Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’
Core i7-2630QM. This quad-core processor is pretty much the default choice in
80 percent of gaming laptops, and with a maximum Turbo Frequency of 2.9GHz
(1.7GHz default) and up to eight virtual cores, it will give plenty of
performance for even the most intense workloads. It’s certainly adequate for
any game out there.
It’s backed by a generous 8GB of RAM, again more than
sufficient for gaming. Storage consists of a fast 7,200rpm, 750GB HDD, and
though we would have loved to have seen an SSD in here, that isn’t a realistic
expectation at the X6813 MD97762’s sub-£900 price point (you do get one in the
£999 Erazer X6813 MD97833, though you only get half the RAM). Also, since the
laptop has a 2.5in bay free in the review config, you can always add a cheap SSD
yourself, with fast 64GB ones going for under £80 these days.
On the software front, meanwhile, the 64-bit version of
Windows 7 Home Premium is accompanied by a few interesting extras, with CyberLink’s
PowerRecover being a standout. This allows for full backups and factory
restoration, so getting a fresh, clean install will only take a few clicks.
Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.